Santorum: End Investigation of CIA Officers Now

Monday, 09 May 2011 05:57 PM

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Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum blasted the Obama administration Monday for their continued effort at investigating CIA officers who were involved in using coercive, or enhanced, interrogation techniques on al-Qaida detainees like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the planner of the 9/11 attacks.

Appearing on The Steve Malzberg show, Santorum expanded on the critique of President Barack Obama's handling of the war on terrorism he offered during the GOP presidential debates in South Carolina last week.

"I think he had not performed very well at all," Santorum told Malzberg. "I’d say the biggest thing on top of that is that this president is now very clear that we were able to get to Osama bin Laden clearly as a result of a trail that led from enhanced interrogation techniques."

Santorum remarked about Obama's much-discussed brushoff of 9/11 relative Debra Burlingame last week. During Obama's meetings with relatives last week in New York, Burlingame asked Obama about the investigation of the CIA agents by Attorney General Eric Holder. Obama turned his back and walked away.

"He was asked by Debra Burlingame if he would stop of the presecution of these, heroes frankly, in the CIA that did these enhanced interrogation techniques that ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden and unfortunately the president has not backed down," Santorum said.

"For him to do that, to not recognize that we have a situation where he’d never gotten bin Laden and not admit that those enhanced interrogation techniques were effective that these people should not be prosecuted and in fact be treated as heroes – to me that is the greatest error he’s committed since the killing."

Malzberg asked Santorum if he would suspend the investigation upon being elected president.

"I would have that prosecution suspended immediately. It is in fact unconscionable," Santorum said. "This whole process should be terminated immediately. The career prosecutors who have looked at this said no prosecution was warranted. This is a political prosecution and a political prosecution that would be ended with a political solution, that is the 2012 elections."

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